Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Review: Stiletto Safari

By Cindy Roesel

Are you looking for some fun chick-lit that will hook you at page one and hold you all the way through until the very last page? Then I highly recommend STILETTO SAFARI by debut author, Kate Metz. Kate’s novel arrived in my mailbox, just as I was teetering on the verge of nervous breakdown. Being a book reviewer, that was exactly the situation that would put me over or be the remedy to my situation! Thank God for the absolute side-splitting story Kate put to pages in her novel.

“Today was the worst day of my life. Of course, it didn’t start that way, but by 11:30 a.m. my almost perfect world had ended.” That’s the opening, where the protagonist, Zara Hamilton, is carrying a brand new snakeskin Bulgari handbag while her world is falling apart. How is that even possible? Trust me, Zara is about to come face to face with reality and it’s so not Bulgari!

Zara Hamilton is a lawyer at one of Manhattan’s top law firms. She has the perfect life including a fabulous apartment, designer clothes and a super rich boyfriend, Nick. When Nick is accused of insider trading, his life quickly moves in a downward spiral, and Zara's life gets dragged along with it. She isn’t fired, but the press hounds her and the firm makes it clear they’d like her to stay clear of the office for a while. With the help of some good girlfriends (can’t have enough of those), the idea of volunteering in Africa comes up. What could go wrong volunteering with wildlife? Well as Zara is about to find out, plenty!

She finds herself in Namibia overpacked, overdressed, overstressed and wanting to leave before she even arrives. Turns out, she's carrying the negative attitude that all volunteers initially have before they realize it’s not about them and instead about the needy children and animals. She quickly falls in with the other volunteers--Ismail, Sam and Amy--as well as a young local girl, Gabi. There's also the complicated relationship with the blue-eyed British hunk named, Hamish. You’ll have to read STILETTO SAFARI to get more on him, but he’s delish!

Kate Metz lives in Melbourne, Australia. That may explain why she flips back and forth in her novel between American, British and Aussie slang. She’s a lawyer and has volunteered several times in Namibia. She’s been attacked by a leopard and has gone swimming with baby baboons. Her novel is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. Visit her at her website to learn more about her and the inspiration behind STILETTO SAFARI.

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